Their music is catchy yet different; they're young, yet the lyrics inspire and through this shocking collision, CBC's rising jazz star Melissa Endean and YouTube sensation Leah Mertz just might be onto something...
After meeting at an audition in late 2009 the girls quickly became musical BFF's. Mertz was originally auditioning for the position of keyboard player for Endean's solo indie-jazz act. However, it was soon apparent that the girls had a musical chemistry that refused to be ignored. Seizing upon the opportunity, Mertz and Endean began performing as a duo to seemingly "overnight" success. Within only two short weeks of establishing themselves as "Meliah" the girls were invited to perform at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, British Columbia, where they had their debut performance to an international audience of over 11,000 spectators.
"We found out we were going to be on the big-screen in front of this huge audience after two weeks of forming [Meliah] and we were like 'wow!' So we spent the night before giving ourselves facials and tweezing our eyebrows."
As if this wasn't honor enough for such a young band, Meliah had yet another incredible success within only a few short months of their Olympic debut. After a quick audition, the girls' were invited to perform with Grammy award-winner Imogen Heap on her 2010 Ellipse World Tour. In addition to being invited on stage to accompany Heap on her hit track 'Earth', Meliah was privileged to open the sold-out show with a set of their own original music.
The girls' describe their music as a mix between "jazz, indie, country and hip-hop, all rolled into a song." An interesting combination, but the catchy tunes (that will be stuck in your head for days) are well worth the listen and definitely deserves the honored position of "repeat" on your playlist. Their voices blend amazingly well together and the harmonies will give even the warmest listener a chill. Fresh, innovative, and with only up to go, "Meliah" is the newest sensation to step out onto the Canadian music scene.